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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

International Setting

A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Ranked in Top 3 Architecture Master Programs in Spain

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Great news! In this year’s ranking by the national newspaper El Mundo, our program was ranked as the third best master program in Spain in the Architecture & Design category….


Codirector Carmen Mendoza to Speak at Exhibition and Lecture Series on Urban Challenges

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In the face of an increasingly urban planet–where for the first time in human history more than half of the world’s population is living in cities–citizens, governments, urban planners and…


Bartlett DPU Summer Lab 2016 in Barcelona

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Are you looking for an intensive course to build your knowledge and skills as a designer in promoting spatial justice? From 19-24 September, the Bartlett Development Planning Unit UCL will…


Whose Favela Is It, Anyway?

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This article was written by former student Thaisa Comelli and originally published in the Septmeber 2015 print issue of the German architecture magazine Baumeister. Babilonia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…

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